Your Weekly Update from Kennedy Middle School
Week 20 of the school year...a little snow, a little rain, and some sun! :)
Dear Kennedy Families and Caregivers,
Big shout out to our Kennedy music department. Last week Mr. Griffin took the stage with his amazing chorus students. This week, Mr. Drapeau and Ms. Rottman brought their wonderful band students out to wow the audiences again. Our new strings teacher, Ms. Netti, led a wonderful performance with our ever growing strings orchestra. All nights were a huge success and left the audiences on their feet. See the pictures below. Congratulations to our music department. This weekend our students head out to Junior District Auditions at Needham High School. Good luck to all our Kennedy Cougars competing. #cougarpride
News from Spark Kindness:
Differently Wired: SOS for Parents in the Trenches
Tuesday, February 7 at 7pm via Zoom -- For parents, caregivers, educators, and community members
Behind every child who is differently wired is likely one or more frustrated, isolated, perhaps even burnt out adult. In this practical and actionable talk, author and parenting activist Debbie Reber, MA, shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking and give their extraordinary children what they need to thrive.
ASL interpretation will be provided at this event. Register and learn more about this FREE online program and all our upcoming events at www.SPARKKindness.org
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Response to Intervention
Our next round of Response to Intervention (RtI) is about to start. Teachers are working hard placing students into intervention and enrichment groups. Communication will be sent out via email by teachers by Friday, January 27th. If you have questions, please reach out to the teacher who sends the communication or your child's team teachers.
Upcoming screening notification: (move to bottom section)
SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment) screenings begin February 6, 2023 and will be conducted for all 7th grade students over the next several months by specially trained school professionals. SBIRT is a state mandated screening intended to identify substance use risk behaviors and to improve health, safety, resilience and success in students. Please click the link below for important information about SBIRT or to opt your student out of this screening:
2023 KMS SBIRT Screening Parent Notification Letter
Positivity Project News
This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Prudence. Prudence means you plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.
Prudence is the ability to do the right thing for the right reason, at the right time. It’s a future-oriented way of thinking that helps a person set goals, make plans, and have the discipline to accomplish them. It is cognitive -- more a strength of the head than of the heart.
To practice and encourage the character strength of prudence with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.
Here is the prudence parent letter for this week's character strength.
Athletics Update: Another basketball sweep week!!!
Boys Intramural Basketball defeated Wilson 64-45!
Girls Basketball defeated Wilson 45-25!
Boys Basketball defeated Wilson 68-61!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Jodie Cohen, Principal
“A goal without a plan is just a wish."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Kennedy basketball took on Wilson basketball this week!
Ms. Gauthier's classes working in the aquaponics lab
Students in grade 5 are working on establishing compatible plants on the living wall floor 4. They decided which plants do the best given the abiotic conditions, divided those and repotted.
Grade 7 SEL day playing Human Hungry Hungry Hippos on Team Awesome
Ms. Buck's Grade 7 students were studying thermal energy in class this week
Mr. Powers students were studying phase changes by making ice cream in class!
Amazing student work from Ms. Joyce's fairy tale slams!!!
Ms. Udahl's grade 6 Hinduism & Buddhism projects are awesome!
FIVE Things You Need to Know
1 - iDecide Survey Notification - Week of 2/6/2023
iDECIDE (Drug Education Curriculum: Intervention, Diversion, and Empowerment), is a drug education curriculum developed to provide behavioral support and psycho-education for middle and high school students. The program is designed to serve as a secondary prevention effort for youth (grades 6 -12) at risk for escalation to problematic substance use and as an alternative to suspension, expulsion, and other exclusionary practices for school-based substance use infractions. iDecide provides schools and communities the resources to empower students to engage in healthy decision making. iDecide is not a cessation program, and is not meant to be used in lieu of treatment. Natick Public Schools was chosen to work in partnership with iDecide, a program produced by Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
For more information about the iDecide program and its brief survey for students, USE THIS LINK.
2 - From the Nurses Health Clinic:
If your student tests positive for Covid-19, they must stay home for 5 days. The day they started symptoms is Day 0, the next day is Day 1, then Day 2, etc. They may return to school on Day 6 and must wear a mask for an additional 5 days. A headache, scratchy throat, congestion/runny nose, cough, and/or fever are some of the more common symptoms of Covid-19.
Siblings and close contacts do not need to quarantine and can come to school as long as they are not having symptoms of illness. However, they must wear a mask for 10 days when around others following exposure.
Click for more information from the Massachusetts DPH: Covid-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance
3 - Information notification letters about math placement
For information about the math placement process, please see the letters below.
22-23 6th to 7th opening placement letter
22-23 7th to 8th opening placement letter
4 - Grade 8 to 9 Transition to Natick High School Timeline
Here is the link to the Grade 8 to 9 Transition Timeline.
5 - UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS for your calendar
- February 8th - Professional Development Day - Dismissal at 11:30am
- February Vacation - Monday, February 20th - Friday, February 24th
- Trimester 2 ends - Friday, March 17th
- Trimester 3 begins - Monday, March 20th
- Trimester 3 ends - TBD (depends on last day of school based on snow days)
Paper - On-Demand Tutoring
Natick Public Schools is excited to announce our partnership with Paper for on-demand tutoring for NHS students. Paper is a secure, online tutoring service that provides students with unlimited, 24/7 academic support. Whether they’re stuck on homework, studying for a test, or need someone to read and make suggestions to their essays, there will always be experts available online to assist students in over 200 subjects and more than 4 languages.
Paper tutors have been specially trained to conduct expert, academic support in a secure, chat-based platform. With a commitment to helping students learn, they’ll never give students answers, but rather interact with them in an encouraging tone to lead them forward.
This is a free service that we’re providing, so students are encouraged to use it as much as they need, whenever they need. Our teachers also have accounts and will be able to review all student activity to see what they’re working on and provide more targeted instruction as needed.
If you’d like to learn more about Paper you can sign up for a Paper hosted Parent Info Session, available in both English and Spanish.
To see Paper and the help it offers firsthand, we encourage you to login with your students. To get started, simply visit PAPER’s student login page, type your school’s name, and log in via Google using your school credentials
We’re thrilled to offer our students the unlimited, 24/7 support that Paper provides and we can’t wait to see what we’re able to accomplish together.
Our Kennedy Middle School PTO works hard behind the scenes to support our school in a variety of ways. They are working diligently to bring great activities to our school community. Please check out their website for more information.
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- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5